Keith Iver Johnson

August 24, 1947December 16, 2014
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Who has lived well, laughed often and loved much Who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task Who leaves the world better than he found it-whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul. Who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it Who looked for the best in others and gave the best that he had.

~ A. J. Stavely ~

Your support, kindness and condolences have meant so much to our family. We will celebrate Keith’s life, and all that he meant to us at A Celebration of Life Memorial at Foster/ White Gallery, 220 3rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98104 (206) 622-2833, at 12:00PM on Sunday, January 25th, 2015

We hope you can attend. Please share your memories with our family and sign the online guestbook.


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Sunday, January 25, 2015


Keith Iver Johnson

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Taiji Tamura

January 25, 2015

Shocked and saddened by one of the nicest and most easy-going people I knew as a fireman. God Bless you, Keith.

Dana Catts

January 25, 2015

My heart shares your loss. I feel so fortunate to have known Keith's kindness, humor and caring nature. He was so genuine in his outreach and joy to everyone. He could quietly and humbly just make your day!

January 23, 2015

I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I worked with Keith at Fire Station 8. From recruit school, I was assigned to E8/A. I vividly remember the traditional 'first visit', a few days prior to the first official day on the job & in the company. Keith was kind that day & very welcoming. I remember him & the fella's happily accepting my ‘tribute' to the crew…two rounder's of ice cream, a thank you for the extra training they would do on my behalf. Keith helped to set my mind at ease that day. I recall him as a gracious and kind man. A professional and a good team mate. I enjoyed his company and his mentoring. Again, kind wishes to his family. I will miss him.

Tony Lucero
Lieutenant (E33/C)

Missy Edmundson

January 22, 2015

The Fire Marshal's Office just isn't the same without this kind, always laughing, smiling, joking but hard working man. We will sure miss him! Rest Easy Keith, your job is done. My prayers are with the Johnson family.

Alec Emerson

January 21, 2015

I always looked forward to seeing Keith when I worked with him at Station 8 and when we both worked downtown. He always had a contagous smile and positive words each time I saw him. He was a kind, strong and humble man and he will be missed by many. May God speed Keith.

Randy Devitt

January 20, 2015

The best choice I made when starting my job in the Fire Marshal's office was choosing a desk within "earshot" of Keith. His sharp sense of humor and ability to name songs from the 50s and 60s made the day fly by. And after the rest of us hashed out a complictaed code question without resolution, Keith would pull his nose out of his code book and would humbly offer the right answer. Often!

I will miss Keith dearly and think of him each and everytime I spy a shipping container on the waterfront, or hear the Inkspots on the oldies radio....

Conratulations on a life well-lived, Keith..........

James Hamill

January 20, 2015


Thank-you for all of help in making Seattle Safe

Jim Hamill

Sonia Robledo

January 20, 2015

Keith was always saying hello to anyone who when he was in the office. He never failed in asking how my day was going. He was a quiet man and never had a harsh word on anyone. He was very liked his job and was proud of being a Fire Fighter. He is missed around here.

Kelly Peterson

January 19, 2015

"Keith was such a valuable contributor with us, for so many years (at the Matson Port - Terminal 18). It is with a great sense of sadness and loss, I would personally like to extend our sincere condolences to Keith's Family, Friends, and to all of the Seattle City Fire Department Family, who served with Keith.... Keith had such a positive impact in so many ways, and I will always appreciate what a kind and decent person he was. Without hesitation, his willingness to assist us (by just picking-up the phone) was a great asset, for all of us who worked with him. His calm professionalism and supportive perspective will truly be missed. There was simply nobody like Keith. We will keep Keith, and his family, in our thoughts and prayers."

Kelly Peterson
Matson Navigation Co.
(Seattle, WA.)

Patti & Michael Crux

January 18, 2015

Thank you Keith for helping Mom and Dad out so much and making Christine so very happy. Your time was way to short but I know you are on the other side looking down and guiding us till the time we will all be together again. Thank you for being part of our lives. Patti , Mike and Alex Crux


October 10, 1975 - Fire station #18 in Ballard was dedicated, the same year Keith I. Johnson, graduated academy and joined the Seattle Fire Department.


31st Class Gradation Ceremonies Program, October 25, 1975


Graduating Class of 1975


Graduation Order of Services


Fire Station #18


Dedication of Ballard Fire Station #18 on October 10, 1975